Earlier this year, Los Angeles Chapter Chair, Laura Soloff-Geller gave a shout out to David Sidell during a monthly Chapter meeting to acknowledge his position as having the most mentor hours logged and the most clients in the chapter year-to-date. With one month left until the end of SCORE’s fiscal year, David is still a top performer logging over 437 mentoring hours and 150 clients in 2020.
David heard about SCORE shortly after retiring from a 54 year career. He has worked for and owned several business. He describes himself as a "people person" and he said he missed the daily interaction with people. SCORE proved to be an ideal fit.
Sales, operations, marketing, accounting, and troubleshooting, David has done it all. "What is rewarding about SCORE, is that I get the opportunity to help start businesses (both for profit and nonprofit), correct problem businesses and help businesses grow. Unfortunately some clients need to shut down or restructure. I feel greatly rewarded when I can help a business, the owners and customers; and especially the nonprofits that bring needed services to a community. My clients all know that I am there for them, and they can count on me no matter when they need me."
One of David’s most memorable outcomes with SCORE was when he had the unique opportunity to introduce two clients, one an organic fruit dipped in chocolate company that sold at local farmers markets and another client who was looking to buy a business. David facilitated a meeting between them and it was “a perfect match”. After meeting, the two entrepreneurs cracked a deal and formed an LLC. Together they created a line of high quality, healthy packaged foods to sell into markets and stores that they named SWEETDUET. David never thought match making would be part of his work with SCORE but with all the clients he serves this could be the first of many!
We'd like to take a moment to recognize David for the incredible work he has done and continues to do!
I have been a businessman for over fifty years. I started as an accountant for a CPA firm. I created a restaurant chain with a college buddy that served beer, wine and liquor. I was a CEO of that chain that included franchises and had locations in Illinois, Colorado, California and Arizona. I was COO and a shareholder of a women's sportswear business that designed and manufactured garments for our own company and licensed stores worldwide. As a consultant, I worked on helping start ups, financial turn-a-rounds, financing (including public stock offerings and mergers), Currently, I am owner and CEO of a commercial printing business that I created. I will be retiring end of 2018 - My daughter will be taking over.
As a CEO, COO and consultant, I have fulfilled almost every aspect of what it takes to create, finance, start and run a business.